Chris Hughton has decided the team needs to go all out for a win against Arsenal – something Newcastle fans have been assuming all along.
Chris Hughton – we have to go for the win
Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“We have to go for the win,” “If that sees us get a draw, it’s a better philosophy than going for a draw and getting less than that. The one to deal with is the next game.”
“We have to approach it the way we did our last home game, an evening game against a similar quality of opposition in Manchester United. We have to approach it that way.”
Chris says we have to go for the win – as though it’s something we wouldn’t normally do. We shouldn’t just be going for the win because we’re 3rd bottom.
We should have been trying to win every home game this season, and in fact every single game for that matter. Kevin Keegan always did that, and quotes from Joe Kinnear suggest he puts a plan in place for every game on how to get the 3 points, but maybe we’re being too picky on Chris.
Wins are what gets the points these days, not draws – and you can theoretically go unbeaten for the season, end up with 38 draws and points, and be relegated. So unbeaten runs don’t mean too much nowadays – but winning streaks certainly do.
“The nature of games at any club is you have to generate the support,” argued Hughton, whose team have drawn 11 Premier League games this season, more than anyone else.”
“We have a fantastic support that turn up in their numbers and get behind us.” “We can’t expect them to cheer every ball if we’re not doing enough to motivate them.”
“So we have to put in a performance that will lift this crowd.”
Good words from Chris, and of course the player who is really making Arsenal tick is newly signed Russian international Andrei Arshavin, who Newcastle could have signed in January, 2008 for £8M.
That’s before the European finals last year, in which he had some outstanding games, of course, but maybe the less we say about that, the better.
The defense will need to be at their very best tomorrow, since Arsenal are starting to score goals again, and we don’t want to give any stupid goals away, like we did against Manchester United which cost us a point, not in the situation we find ourselves.
“There are different ways of being very positive in your approach to a game,”
“What you can’t afford to do is go gung-ho against this type of opposition, because they’re too good, and they can pick you off.”
“But within the game-plan our attitude has to be to win the game.”
When the Newcastle side allows itself to be beaten by mediocre teams like Bolton, Fulham, Hull, Wigan and Blackburn – this is the position the team will find itself in, and based on the results of course, it’s exactly where we deserve to be – joint 3rd bottom – and just 9 games to save ourselves.
We have to hope for a win on Saturday, and that will lift the mood on Tyneside, and give the lads terrific confidence for the remaining games.
Howay The Lads!!